Far better than previous Vectra. Now with decent handling and an excellent ride. Plenty of safety kit. Roomy in the front. Big boot. Good looks.
Not as sharp as a Mondeo. Limited rear legroom. The 2.2DI can be heavy on the oil. Reports of parking brake failures.
Latest Update Vauxhall Vectra 2002-2008: Camshaft of 3.0V6 CDTI seized on road test after a service due to lack of lubrication., throwing off the timing belt and causing catastrphic engine damage. This may be related to problems with the same engine in the SAAB 9-5.
13-1-2013: On 1.9 diesel engine, absolutely crucial to change the waterpump at the same time as the timing belt otherwise the tension of the new belt can wear its bearing very rapidly, leading to seizure and throwing off of the belt, though not necessarily valves hitting pistons.
7-11-2012: Rear coil spring failure found during MoT inspection of 2008 Vectra. Vauxhall replaced both rear coil springs free of charge.
Introduction (from Vauxhall Vectra CDTI 150 2004 Road Test):
The new Vectra is a big car for big people. It's so big in the front seats that trying to get comfortable I felt like I'd shrunk.
So that's the first piece of good news for our growing population.